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Barack Obama to make groundbreaking visit to Burma

President Barack Obama will make a groundbreaking visit later this month to Burma, an official said today, following through with his policy of rapprochement to encourage democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

Simon English: An apology to John Terry - actually, you're nothing like as bad as Barclays

Outlook By writing a little while ago that Barclays was the John Terry of banks, I was clearly being inflammatory.

Workers preparing to harvest opium poppies in an opium poppy field in Burma

The poppy harvest: Burma's boom industry

Efforts to curb the rise in opium production are being undermined by ethnic conflicts

130 fleeing Burma violence feared dead as boat sinks

Up to 130 people trying to escape ethnic violence in Burma are said to be missing after their boat sank off the coast of Bangladesh. Police and community groups said the boat containing families of Rohingya Muslims, sank while trying to make its way towards Malaysia.

The world must act to protect Burma’s Rohingya from starvation and slaughter

We know that America has some sway in the country. Surely they should exert pressure to help these people

The persecution of the Rohingya: how a benighted minority in Burma suffer at the hands of despots

A leading advocate for human rights in Burma argues that international ignorance of what is happening in Rakhine State is a tragedy in itself

A competition winning shot by Dominic Burdon

Images with the power to transport us

Capturing the essence of place secured prizes in our annual travel photography competition

Muslim children from the Rohingya ethnic group at a refugee camp in the state capital

Outbreak of ethnic violence claims 100 lives in Burma's west

Aung San Suu Kyi and others accused of failing to speak out against persecution

Buddhists in new clashes with Muslims

A night-time curfew has been imposed in at least two towns in north-western Rakhine state after renewed unrest between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingyas.

A man speaking to the crowd in downtown Yangon, in 2007, despite stern warnings from Myanmar's junta against the anti-government protests

Burma’s exiles can return - if they promise to be good

Political activists told they must sign written 'undertakings' before getting re-entry visas

The ultimate heroism is forgiving the enemy

We tell three stories about how a human being can respond to barbarity. One is the tragedy of revenge. One offers the hope of forgiveness. And one diverts itself with furious activity in an attempt to forget. But the story of Eric Lomax refuses to conform neatly to such templates.

In the latest indication of the changes sweeping through Burma, Chelsea Football Club has agreed what it says is a ground-breaking sponsorship deal with one of the country's leading producers of whiskey.

Chelsea Football Club agrees 'ground-breaking' sponsorship deal with Burmese whisky firm

In the latest indication of the changes sweeping through Burma, Chelsea Football Club has agreed what it says is a ground-breaking sponsorship deal with one of the country's leading producers of whiskey.

Truth and reconciliation: Lomax meets Osamu Komai, the son of his wartime interrogator, in 2007

Eric Lomax: War hero whose experiences in the Far East became a bestselling memoir

Eric Lomax was the author of the award-winning, bestselling memoir The Railway Man, which vividly depicted his life and harrowing experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war working on the notorious Thailand-Burma railway during the Second World War.

Editorial: Eric Lomax - a model of forgiveness

The designation "war hero" typically conjures up images of derring-do and courage in the field. Eric Lomax showed that bravery can take many forms.

Rohingya Muslims at a refugee camp in Sittwe, western Burma

No end in sight to the sufferings of 'the world's most persecuted minority' - Burma's Rohingya Muslims

Nearly 75,000 of those made homeless during inter-communal conflict in June and transferred to temporary camps are living in conditions “worse than animals”, according to the Rohingya Human Rights Association in Bangkok

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Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

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General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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